I am a practicing social worker and was trained as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, initially at the Navjyoti, Delhi Police Foundation in 2000 by NADA founder, Dr. Michael Smith, and past NADA president, Ruth Ackerman. I was trained further at Lincoln Recovery Center New York in 2001 as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist and was recognized as NADA registered trainer. We may appreciate that principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. Acupuncture and all Qi-flow therapies like Reiki, Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Yoga etc. ‘Help the body to help itself.’ And this is also the goal of social work. This is where similarities lie in two distinct helping and healing professions.
I have been associated with the cause of addiction treatment and rehabilitation for last three decades as addiction counselor, trainer and advocate for peer led community initiatives. The drug user is expected to arrive at drug treatment center committed, ready or interested in quitting drugs. Drug treatment which is limited to abstinence and acceptance of the addict’ identity often excludes a majority of drug users who are not ready or interested in quitting drugs & alcohol. At the Navjyoti Drug Treatment center and Delhi Psychiatric Center, I observed that the NADA protocol can help patients before they commit themselves for treatment and build a healthy rapport and trust.
The idea of Indian Association of Acupuncture Detoxification specialists was mooted by leadership of Nada India to promote and advocate the professional needs and rights of Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists/Associates/Assistants. IAADS specially advocates acceptance and legitimacy of non-acupuncturists and non-physicians to perform three point ear acupuncture protocol as an adjunct treatment for addiction, wellness and health promotion. It is Nada India’s privilege and responsibility to prepare well-qualified practitioners who can demonstrate the skills and competency of acudetox counselling and serve the needy and unreachable.
Nada India trainers, good health advocates and conveners have played a vital role in reaching out to acupuncturists, helping professionals and community workers in popularizing NADA Ear acupuncture as first point intervention especially among prevention and addiction treatment professionals as public health model.
Dr. Michael Smith has been visiting Indian addiction treatment programs and training facilities coordinated by NIF since 1999. In 2015-16. I along with Nada India state conveners, staff and Dr. Smith attended the 2nd Acupuncture Science Association’s conference in Delhi. At this conference, Dr. Smith was awarded with the Dr. Basu Memorial Award for his work of promoting NADA ear acupuncture in India since 2000.
Suneel Vatsyayan, MSW, ADS
Nada India Foundation